HELP! My daughter won't drink water!!!

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My daughter is 7 months old. She has been eating solids since she was 4.5 months old. Starting with cereal and progressing from there. Ever since I started solids, I started water, but she wouldn't take it. I tought it was just something she would eventually get used to but 2.5 months later she still won't drink water or juice. This is really hurting her because she strains so much when she poops. I have tried what I think is just about EVERYTHING. I gave her water in her bottle, I tried a sippy cup, a regular cup. I tried spoon feeding her the water, I tried adding more water in her formula (she wont finish her bottle then). I tried popping a bottle of water right away in her mouth after taking out her regular bottle (she knew the difference). I did all these things with different types of juices too (prune, white grape, pear: diluted and not diluted). I have run out of options. Please help!

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Jenna - posted on 06/04/2010

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My son wasn't big into water until I put it in a clear sippy cup with a small handful of frozen berries in it. He could shake it up and see the berries move around and it also flavored the water without too much added sugar. He has loved it since then.

Kristin - posted on 06/04/2010

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Reduce the solids for a bit. She's getting everything she needs nutritionally from the formula anyway. The solids are for fun and to learn about other foods.

how much do you offer the water? I would leave a sippy with water in it (and ice, loved it that way) out for them all the time. It took a bit, but they loved that they could just have a drink whenever they wanted it and didn't need to wait for me to get them something.

Vanessa - posted on 06/08/2010

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To be honest If shes only 7 months old I wouldnt be to worried as at that age the main source of fluid is thier formula, just keep trying every now and then but dont stress about it too much, my daughter hardly had any water or juice at the same age and eventually as she got older I think closer to 10 months she started getting keen on juice and water then. Try giving her foods such as pureed kiwifruit to eat as solids rather than juice as this will help loosen her bowel motions and keep them regular. If she doesnt like the taste you could hide It in with her fruit or custard that she does like. Also If you make home made pureed vegies or fruit puree with lots of water to give her some added water. Give her things like cut up pieces of watermelon to chew on - Have you seen those wee fruit holding devices they sell at some supermarkets, they have this plastic mesh with a wee holder on the end and you put the friut inside then clip It shut then they can chew on It safely and just the juice part comes through the mesh - you could even try putting icecubes in It If she prefers munching on food rather than drinking fluids and that way she should still get a decent amount of fluids into her. Also have you tried warming her juice to the same temp as her milk? I also wonder It could be the consistency and teat flow change she dislikes eg the milk Is thicker and textured and goes down more slowly whereas water or juice is thin and comes out very fast. anyway hope some of that was helpful. good luck

Dustie - posted on 06/08/2010

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If you can't get your child to poop your doctor can prescribe meds. My son had to have some in his bottle at least once a day and sometimes twice. No matter what he drank or ate he was still backed up. He is now 4 1/2 and still has to have some sometimes. You don't want your child to get backed up to much. My son would poop everyday (about one terd) and then be done. He was having a lot of belly aches I took him in and they done an xray and he was completely backed up. Out of all his "poop storage" he had one air pockets the rest was poop!!! So even if your child is pooping a little everyday if they are having bad belly aches or just pooping out a small nugget a day you might want to get it checked. Some kids just don't have a good bowel system. Hope it gets better for you!

Christina - posted on 06/07/2010

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Keep trying... I know it can be frustrating and when my son was having problems with constipation I would use a little prune juice in his cereal, I would mix it in instead of water or formula, and it really seemed to help it. I didnt do it all the time just enough to soften his stool so he wasnt staining so much. Good luck

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I am concerned because my daughter strains so much when she poops. I stated that as my concern on my post. I do not like seeing my daughter in pain. I spoke to her doctor and she gave me suggestions I could take but unfortunately they did not work. So I am still concerned. My daughter's butt is all red because she pushes so hard and strains so much. If we as adults don't like hurting when we poop, why wouldn't we think it would hurt a child.

Lauren - posted on 06/09/2010

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Water at 7 months old? Why are you so concerned about this? There is no nutritional value in water and the fact that she's on formula eliminates a concern for dehydration.

Renee - posted on 06/09/2010

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i would not stress my 11mth old son did not start drinking water until nine months i just kept offering it now he loves it. They get enough water in there formula anyway.

Lajeana - posted on 06/08/2010

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Try letting her play with ice, if she likes it add it to a cup of water. Both my kids are now drinking water with ice.

Amanda - posted on 06/08/2010

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Have you disscussed this with her doctor? Maybe if you ask the doctor she might be able to give you some ideas. My daughter is going to be 8 months this saturday and she enjoys drinking water and juice. Have u tried giving her juice in her cereal?

Carmen - posted on 06/08/2010

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Give Crystal Lite or the generic version. I do that instead of KoolAid & what not because it's not packed full of sugar & empty calories. All it is...flavored water.

Jamie - posted on 06/08/2010

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My kids never liked water. No matter what I did. So my grandma told me to put a little bit of Karo syrup in the water and shake it up. I asked the dr. if that was ok and she said that is fine. It also sometimes helps make it easier to go to the bathroom. It worked for all three of my kids. As they got older they don't like it anymore and liked the water to be COLD! Hope this helps.

Rebecca - posted on 06/08/2010

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maybee try a thickner, as she is used to milk being thicker then water or juice maybee a fluid thickner would help, i used to use it for my old ladies when i worked in care, it worked a treat!

Jenna - posted on 06/08/2010

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if constipated, try to feed a good amount of apple sauce and watered down apple juice ... works for son everytime.

Christina - posted on 06/07/2010

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Pick up prunes (you can buy them in baby food jars, or make your own), they will help with bowel movements! Worked with my son (and he's not a huge fan of water).



You can also try mixing in a big of Gripe water into their cereal (i'm doing that with my four month old to help him break the cereal down, and help with his bowel movements)

Jeri - posted on 06/07/2010

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Mine did the same hting till they were over 1. I mixed juices into their baby cereal, grape and apple made them poop alot easier. Plus they LOVED that it was fun colors haha, when I tried putting it in their cups they still didnt want it, so I took the cereal (letting them watch to see what it was) and put it in a cup. I only put like a spoon full in and then added juice when they looked away and they drank it everytime cause they thought it was their cereal.

Sarah - posted on 06/07/2010

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i see you guys are talking about giving her prune juice, dont make the mistake i did. My son was constipated so i gave him prune juice AND mashed prunes. Omg, i didn't know a baby could poop that much. lol.

Sarah - posted on 06/07/2010

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as long as she is still drinking formula/breastmilk she's fine. My kids dr says water is hard to digest on it's own. He didn't recommend i give them water til they were a yr. I could give them juice at 9months

Laura - posted on 06/07/2010

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my son is the same, and he's 12 months old. He just really loves his milk :) I keep trying though. I offer juice or water in a sippy cup quite often just in case he changes his mind. As far as straining to poop, I would just feed her enough strained pears or prunes to keep her regular :)

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Jawaka, here is my daughter's feeding schedule.

7am 6 ounce bottle
10am oatmeal or rice cereal
1pm 5 ounce bottle
230pm meat and fruit (typically chicken with veggies and pear)
6pm 5 ounce bottle
730pm vegetable and fruit (carrot, sweet potato, green beans, squash and bananas or apples)
930pm 6 ounce bottle

I actually found yogurt for sitters that I can give my daughter. Never noticed it before. Is it new? Since she isn't very fond of fruit the last two days I replaced her fruit with pear yogurt and she loved it. This in my opinion is a great alternative and her morning poop I noticed wasnt a struggle for her. Hope this works out for us. I really appreciate everyones help. I am still open to hearing your suggestions.

Jawaka - posted on 06/07/2010

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My question is what is a typical days diet for her? Does she eat fruits and fiber rich foods? Drinking water isn't a necessity when a child is still drinking formula, formula is around 80% water. Juices are empty calories and also not a necessity.

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SOPHIE!!!! NEVER GIVE A BABY HONEY!!!

HAs no one told you that? It could give the baby botulism and result in their death! Very bad advice, sorry but true!

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Thanks ladies for all the help. I try to give her water at least 3-5 times a day. When she pushes away the water, I try the juice, which she pushes away as well. The fruits in the sippy cup sounds like a great idea. Thanks! I hope she likes it :-/

Sophie, I have spoken to my doctor. She physically saw that my daughter was straining, but unfortunatly her suggestions did not work. She told me to eliminate certain foods from her diet and introduce her to others, but I still haven't seen a change. Water or juice is what will help her. I haven't tried infusions, I am going to tried with fruits. Since honey is not recommened for children under one, I haven't tried it with the water. I breastfeed for the first three months and then she started on enfamil formula. If you're asking to see if the formula may be causing her to strain, I don't think it is because ever since I started, she did well and pooped normally. Her poop changed when I started her on solids. At first I gave her very liquidy cereal, and even with that little bit she started straining. The doctor doesn't see it as a concern because she is still pooping daily. I just need to increase the liquid in her diet which is the difficult part. :-(

Sophie - posted on 06/06/2010

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Hi there
First of all you should really get in touch with your doctor, to see if everything is ok.
Have you tried infusions? or sweeten water with some honey? are you breastfeeding?

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Try naturally flavouring her water. Put some water in a container that has an airtight lid. Slice cucumbers, strawberries, blueberries or whatever non citrus fruits you want and place them in (or a combo of fruit, apples, pears, berries, etc). Leave in fridge overnight and pour water through a collander (sieve) into another dish, so all fruit pieces are removed. Add to sippy cup and offer to youe baby, hope they like it!

Julie - posted on 06/04/2010

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IT'A ALL ABOUT CONTROL. LOL I DID AS KRISTIN DID.I OFFERED NO OTHER DRINKS.LEFT WATER IN SIPPY CUPS ON THE EDGE OF OUR TABLE."THEY" CHOOSE WHEN THEY WANTED TO TAKE A DRINK.IT WORKED FOR US.HOPE THIS HELPS.

Heidi - posted on 06/04/2010

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I found that it's as much about the cup you put it in as what is offered. My 2 yr old would probably drink mud if I put it in her princess cup with a straw. And ice is also a good idea, both my wee one and my older one love to shake the cup to "make it cold" before they drink and as long as they are spill resistant (no such think as spill proof) I leave them on the table too so they can have a drink whenever.

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